Mr. Corbett is in orbit!

Dan Gutman

Book - 2021

In this first book, A.J. and his friends at Ella Mentry School are headed on a field trip to NASA headquarters. But their tour guide, Mr. Corbett, is a total space cadet! And what happens when A.J. accidentally launches the whole class into outer space?! Full of visual gags, space aliens, and hilarious full-color illustrations, this is the weirdest graphic novel in the history of the world!

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Series
Gutman, Dan. My weird school graphic novel ; 1
Subjects
Genres
Science fiction comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Humorous comics
Graphic novels
Published
New York : Harper Alley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
87 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 18 cm
Audience
Ages 6-10.
ISBN
9780062947611
0062947613
9780062947628
0062947621
Main Author
Dan Gutman (author)
Other Authors
Jim Paillot (artist)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gutman and Paillot make a smooth transition from their long-running My Weird School series of illustrated books to the graphic novel format, not just translating but amplifying the zaniness of AJ's high jinks, along with that of all the weird teachers at the Ella Mentry school. AJ and the gang take a field trip to NASA for their study of climate change and accidentally launch themselves into space (the "launch" button is easily mistaken for the "lunch" button, after all). Tour guide Mr. Corbett is no help, even when the kids run into a spaceship full of aliens, but have no fear: AJ may hate school, but he sure knows how to pilot a rocket into a cotton candy factory. Paillot's goofy but stylized visuals enliven Gutman's breakneck humor more expansively than ever, and barely a panel or clever aside goes by without a chuckle or belly laugh. Lest you worry that there's no heart here along with the humor, the book also includes recommendations for kids who want to pursue climate-based activism. Fans will be absolutely delighted and newcomers no less so. Grades 2-5. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—Gutman's "My Weird School" series transitions into graphic novel format. A.J., Andrea, and their classmates at Ella Mentry School seem to take everything in stride, always ready with a joke or sarcastic observation. A teacher in a superhero outfit or another speaking in secret code is simply par for the course. When a lesson on climate change includes a surprise visit to NASA, everyone's excited, and the students launch themselves into space on a shuttle in no time. Characters consistently face readers, inviting them to absorb the many puns, self-aware punch lines, and obliteration of the fourth wall. Chapters are named after their placement in sequence ("The Beginning," "After the Beginning"), and a survey asks how readers are enjoying the book. Adding to the inviting atmosphere is the simple layout with generous wide panels and full-page cartoons. This is a silly, no-stakes adventure that will increase reader familiarity with changing voices and perspectives, and let kids feel like active participants. A.J. is brown-skinned, Andrea is white, and both students and teachers are a diverse group. Back matter includes a list of websites with more information about climate change, as well as a note encouraging children to convince their parents to support politicians endorsed by the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. VERDICT From the opening warning about scenes of "graphic violins," it's clear that weirdness extends to all parts of this out-of-this-world field trip.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—Gutman's "My Weird School" series transitions into graphic novel format. A.J., Andrea, and their classmates at Ella Mentry School seem to take everything in stride, always ready with a joke or sarcastic observation. A teacher in a superhero outfit or another speaking in secret code is simply par for the course. When a lesson on climate change includes a surprise visit to NASA, everyone's excited, and the students launch themselves into space on a shuttle in no time. Characters consistently face readers, inviting them to absorb the many puns, self-aware punch lines, and obliteration of the fourth wall. Chapters are named after their placement in sequence ("The Beginning," "After the Beginning"), and a survey asks how readers are enjoying the book. Adding to the inviting atmosphere is the simple layout with generous wide panels and full-page cartoons. This is a silly, no-stakes adventure that will increase reader familiarity with changing voices and perspectives, and let kids feel like active participants. A.J. is brown-skinned, Andrea is white, and both students and teachers are a diverse group. Back matter includes a list of websites with more information about climate change, as well as a note encouraging children to convince their parents to support politicians endorsed by the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. VERDICT From the opening warning about scenes of "graphic violins," it's clear that weirdness extends to all parts of this out-of-this-world field trip.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this first book, A.J. and his friends at Ella Mentry School are headed on a field trip to NASA headquarters. But their tour guide, Mr. Corbett, is a total space cadet! And what happens when A.J. accidentally launches the whole class into outer space?!Full of visual gags, space aliens, and hilarious full-color illustrations, this is the weirdest graphic novel in the history of the world!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Graphic novel fans, prepare for liftoff! New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman and illustrator Jim Paillot have brought you an all-new series of My Weird School graphic novels!In this first book, A.J. and his friends at Ella Mentry School are headed on a field trip to NASA headquarters. But their tour guide, Mr. Corbett, is a total space cadet! And what happens when A.J. accidentally launches the whole class into outer space?! Full of visual gags, space aliens, and hilarious full-color illustrations, this is the weirdest graphic novel in the history of the world!With more than 30 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Graphic novel fans, prepare for liftoff! New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman and illustrator Jim Paillot have brought you an all-new series of My Weird School graphic novels! In this first book, A.J. and his friends at Ella Mentry School are headed on a field trip to NASA headquarters. But their tour guide, Mr. Corbett, is a total space cadet! And what happens when A.J. accidentally launches the whole class into outer space?!   Full of visual gags, space aliens, and hilarious full-color illustrations, this is the weirdest graphic novel in the history of the world! With more than 27 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!